Grant helps launch full teacher scholarships for Summer Institute


The University of Akron’s H. Kenneth Barker Center for Economic Education, part of the LeBron James Family Foundation School of  Education, was awarded a $9,000 grant by the Ohio Department of Commerce to fund K-12  teacher scholarships for the Center’s 2024 Teaching Financial Literacy Summer Institute.

The Institute, planned for July 8-10, will train Ohio teachers to develop and integrate financial literacy education in their classrooms. The multi-day event includes sessions led by experienced K-16 industry professionals, provides networking spaces, allows access to standards-based instructional resources, and includes a special off-site charter and educator tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The awarded Ohio Department of Commerce grant will be used to provide additional full teacher scholarships to full-time K-12 teachers in Ohio. These scholarships cover all registration related expenses such as keynote and breakout speakers, supplies, meals and off-site excursions. In addition, award funds will be available to provide stipends to educators from Title 1 schools participating in the Institute. This is the fifth year the Center has hosted its annual teacher summer institute.

“This critical investment will go a long way in helping to outfit more Ohio teachers with the latest insights and resources to empower K-12 students for a financially fit future,” said Dr. Brad Maguth, director of the Barker Center.

For more information on the Summer Institute, contact Maguth at or 330-972-7763.

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